Welcome to my How To Convert Audio Files walkthrough. Here, I will explain the easy steps of finding software and then converting your audio files into a different type for whatever reason. This will be walked through using Windows OS.
- Locate the audio file that you will convert. I will assume that you already have your audio file and are only having trouble converting it for use on a device. So start by opening the folder that contains your audio file, now minimize it for later use.
- Find converter software. Here, I will assume that you don't have converter software and will direct you to one. A perfect example is Audacity. Unless you already have it, click here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows . Now click "Audacity (version) Installer" where you see it and that will take you to a site where you may download the installation program. Also, while on this page, click LADSPA plugins installer and http://lame.buanzo.com.ar/libmp3lame-win-3.97.zip for the LAME MP3 encoder and have them open in separate tabs/windows (These are very vital in most cases.) Go ahead and save the zip file on your disk somewhere where you'll remember it for later.
- Install Audacity and prepare it for use. After downloading the installer, go ahead and open it up and install Audacity. Go through the installation procedure and customize it how you want. Now open the LADSPA installer, and click run if necessary. Select your language, hit next, hit the bubble next to "I accept the agreement" and hit next to continue. Read the info, and hit next. Confirm that the folder will install inside the Audacity folder. (If you didn't specify a different place for the Audacity program to install, then don't worry about it). Hit next, and then install. Click finish to finish. Now open up that LAME MP3 encoder zip file and unzip its contents into the plugins folder of the Audacity folder from when you installed it. Now open Audacity.
- Converting your files. Now that Audacity is open, maximize the window, hold down alt, and press tab. You should see a box with a few icons in it pop up. Now cycle through by hitting tab until it highlights the folder that has you audio file in it, now let go of alt. This should bring your folder to the foreground and keep Audacity in the background but still up. Now click and drag your file into the blank field of Audacity's window. This should load the file. Now all that you have to do to convert your file is hit File, (and since pretty much all music players accept and recognize .mp3 files, you'll want to use this unless told otherwise) Export as MP3... This will bring up a dialogue box. Find the folder that you want to save this into and hit save. And since this is the first time Audacity is exporting as MP3, it will ask you to find the encoder file. So navigate to the Audacity folder, then the plugin folder, and double click on the encoder file. It should now bring up a box that says it is working. Let it finish and you will now have your audio file in an MP3 format!
- Note: Not all file types will work with Audacity. .m4a, .wma are known not to work for it but it's definite that it can understand .ogg, .mp3, .au, .aif and .wav. .wma cannot be used because of a legality conflict.
- Note: Audacity is a free digital audio editor, but can be used as a converter, and should be able to edit the tags (title, artist, etc.) when exporting.
- Note: Alternate Method for opening files: You can do a Ctrl + I, or Project > Import Audio, or you can do the classic File> Open (Ctrl + O).
- Note: If you find you want to edit your files a little, remember that you have to select a portion of the audio file's waveform (time is shown at top of waveform bar), before you can make changes under Effects.
If you are Mac users,please scan this cool guide about this topic:
How To Convert Most Audio Files into Another Audio File on Mac